Cruelty to animals; increases penalty. (SB1604)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Cruelty to animals; aggravated cruelty; penalty. Increases from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for cruelly or unnecessarily beating, maiming, mutilating, or killing a dog or cat. Current law requires that the dog or cat die as a direct result of torture, or inhumane injury or pain, before the violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill incorporates SB 1276. Amends § 18.2-403.2, § 3.2-6569, § 3.2-6570, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

02/15/2019: passed committee

History

DateAction
01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104235D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/10/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB1604)
01/17/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2019Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Committee substitute printed 19106347D-S1
01/31/2019Incorporates SB1276 (Ebbin)
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read second time
02/05/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2019Committee amendment rejected
02/05/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106347D-S1
02/05/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1604S1
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/13/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/15/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Donna Thompson writes:

Why wouldn't this pass? Is the recent instance with 'Robbie', the dog who was set on fire tied to a pole, not enough? Please pass!

Sara Stultz writes:

Please pass this bill so horrible things won’t happen to wonderful animals like tommie
#tommielaw

Lucy writes:

Please pass this bill. Our neighbors shot our cats killing several and maiming two. One had to be put to sleep. The other a beautiful Siamese lost his leg. We could not charge them because we didn't have absolute proof. I hope that Tommie's murderer is caught and sentenced! Please pass bill SB1604.

Patricia Yauger writes:

Please pass this bill in memory of Tommy and all the other animal that are mistreated. They do not have a voice so let's be there voice.

Bailey writes:

I hope this Bill passes and becomes known as "Tommie's Law", in honor of the dog that was tied to a pole, set of fire, and subsequently died from his gruesome injuries today. There is ample evidence that people who torture animals usually move on to harming humans as well. So, even if you don't care about animals, this bill helps us all to keep our communities safer from monsters like Tommie's killer.

Ariana writes:

Please pass this bill. In Tommie's honor and other sweet animals that do not have a voice, please keep people like this out of our communities.

Emily writes:

Please pass this law. It's so sad that this isn't already a law. Do the right thing and make it a felony to hurt innocent creatures...just like Tommie and all the others that have come before him without justice.

Joy writes:

Please, PLEASE pass this bill in regards to making anyone who is responsible in participating in animal torture and cruelty a felony. I agree it should be named “Tommy’s Bill” as a reminder of this innocent animal that recently passed away due to his horrific injuries caused by a monster. We need to make an example of anyone who can inflict such misery upon an innocent creature. In my opinion, a person who can harm an animal is a coward and a threat to our society.

Jena writes:

Please enact this into law. A victimized animal should not have to die from the cruelty in order for adequate punishment to be given to the perpetrator. Without this law, abusers can torture animals to the brink of death repeatedly and not be punished adequately. Virginia can not allow this to continue.

Christine Couturier writes:

God Bless this poor pitty that had his beautiful body destroyed by an evil monster.

Republicans, your numbers have been on a steady decline in the great state of VA. If you don't FINALLY do something demanding that voiceless pets be treated humanely, with basic dignity and respect, we WILL make your brand extinct in coming elections.

Kathy Hudson writes:

Please pass this bill!

Vicky Whitlock writes:

I have rescued many abuse animals, This Bill needs to be signed ASAP so it can be punishable by law for Anyone caught or seen abusing Any Animals , Please make this a Law so we can try a Stop all these wonderful animals from being abused in The name of Tommy The dog that was tied and burnt over 70% of his precious body

Kathleen Gurnee writes:

Please enact this bill. With the horrific incident that happened to Tommie, it is apparent we need to hold these POS's accountable. Not one animal needs to suffer in the hands of an abuser. I think it should be named Tommie's Law. God knows we will never forget him.

Virginia Farley writes:

I am asking that you please pass this bill on behalf of the innocent victims that cannot speak for themselves. Animals do not deserve to be treated cruelly and those that do hurt them definitely deserve the maximum penalty. Those individuals will only go on to hurt and kill other innocents.

Margie Davis writes:

Please pass the bill making animal cruelty not resulting in death a felony also! This is so important! Very often the same individual who begins brutalizing animals will move on to the same treatment of others less able to defend themselves. Realize that if you pass this bill you will not only be voting to provide justice for and hopefully be deterring cruelty to animals you may be saving human lives also!!!
Please! Please!!! Please!!!!
Vote to Pass This Bill!!!!!
This may be one of the most important votes you ever make!!

Cindy Cleaver writes:

Please pass this bill for all the innocent animals. They do not deserve the cruelty that some human monsters do to them. Why would this bill not be passed?

Rebecca Lynskey writes:

Please pass this law. Animals have no voice to be heard. We, the people are their voice and demand that animals be given the same protection as humans. If a dog bites a human, the dog is put down. Why not give the human some similar punishment. I will be following this closely. I don’t always vote, but you can be assured if this doesn’t pass, the current representation may not get re-elected

Maggs Vibo writes:

Please do not allow Tommi's tragic death to have happened without positive change. Passing sensible legislation which prevents cruel individuals from repeating offenses against the defenseless is the reason we have laws. A misdemeanor isn't enough of a preventative measure for law enforcement to track these sorts of individuals.

Kimberly Powell writes:

Please pass this law.

Tracy Cassalia writes:

Please pass this bill and make those that hurt animals responsible for their actions. Please don't let Tommie's death be in vain. #tommie's law

Cynthia Brown writes:

Please pass this bill . Don't let Tommmie death go in vain

Karen Czekanski writes:

Pass this bill. Animal abuse is criminal, consequences should be consistent & absolute.

Donna Austin writes:

Must pass this bill for those who can't speak for themselves.

John writes:

Enough is enough, it's time we recognize humans are the most dangerous of all animals and other animals need protection from us.

Gail writes:

Please, please pass this bill. Don’t let Tommie’s death be in vain.

Angel Cruz writes:

let there never be a case like Tommie's animal cruelty is a crime pass this bill ! Please.

Sheila writes:

Please pass this bill. Animals don't have a voice so we have to speak for them. It is inexcusable that people are permitted to abuse animals and get away with it. We have to protect these poor, defenseless animals! Please help by signing this bill!

Sheila Gilkerson writes:

Please pass this bill. Animals don't have a voice so we have to speak for them. It is inexcusable that people are permitted to abuse animals and get away with it. We have to protect these poor, defenseless animals! Please help by passing this bill!

Sheila Gilkerson writes:

Please pass this bill. Animals don't have a voice so we have to speak for them. It is inexcusable that people are permitted to abuse animals and get away with it. We have to protect these poor, defenseless animals! Please help by passing this bill!

Carol Kissinger writes:

Please pass this bill. Please. The suffering this animal endured is incomprehensible. The poor defenseless thing. Actions like abuse to animals (especially this intense) lead to more types of cruelty and has to be stopped. Please pass this bill.

Pamela Miller writes:

Please pass this bill. Tommie suffered at the hands of a very inhumane monster. The only reason being no regard for this precious life. It has been proven if a person harms an animal they go on to do the same to people.

Pamela Miller writes:

Please pass this bill. Tommie suffered at the hands of a very inhumane monster. The wwonly reason being no regard for this precious life. It has been proven if a person harms an animal they go on to do the same to people.

Wendy Pike writes:

Please pass this bill. Tommie suffered cruel and inhumane torture. Why wouldn't this bill pass. The only right thing to do is pass this bill so something this incomprehensible never happens again!

Wendy Pike writes:

Please pass this bill. Tommie suffered cruel and inhumane torture. Why wouldn't this bill pass. The only right thing to do is pass this bill so something this incomprehensible never happens again.

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